The Philadelphia Orchestra

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In a Nutshell

Alternating between compositions from Shostakovich and Beethoven, the orchestra moves from dark to bubbly and back

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The Deal

  • One ticket to the Philadelphia Orchestra
  • When: Thursday, January 29, at 7:30 p.m.
  • Where: New Jersey Performing Arts Center
  • Door time: 6:30 p.m., when George Marriner Maull, Emmy-honored host of the educational Discovery concerts, will host a pre-performance talk
  • Full offer value includes ticketing fees

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The Program

With Philadelphia Orchestra music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducting and pianist Kirill Gerstein soloing, the musicians jump from high drama to sprightly euphony in works by Shostakovich and Beethoven.

  • Shostakovich—Piano Concerto No. 2: Shostakovich composed this three-movement piece for his son Maxim’s 19th birthday. It’s sunnier than most of the composer’s music, which may be why, not one week after finishing it, Shostakovich himself told a friend it had “no redeeming artistic merits.” Audiences and orchestras tend to disagree, however, as did the makers of Fantasia 2000, who used the concerto to score a love story between a toy soldier and ballerina.
  • Beethoven—Symphony No. 5: Everyone knows the iconic four-note melody that opens this composition. Dark and bold, it heralds the start of a four-movement symphony that sprang from turmoil both political and personal. When Beethoven wrote it, the Napoleonic Wars were roiling Vienna and Europe at large, and the composer himself was losing his hearing. Despite these obstacles and an initially lukewarm reception, Beethoven’s Fifth has since become one of the most famous symphonies of all time.
  • Shostakovich—Selections from The Gadfly Suite: Commissioned to score the 1955 Soviet film of the same name, Shostakovich composed a total of 12 short movements, which later coalesced into a single suite. While the composition moves from mournful to elegant, the somberness never becomes too overbearing, thus explaining its appearance in many 20th- and 21st-century films and video games.

Philadelphia Orchestra

When Americans heard Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 (“Symphony of a Thousand”) and Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring for the first time, they had the Philadelphia Orchestra to thank. Since 1900, the orchestra has been known for premiering important works and pushing the boundaries of their medium. Today, in addition to playing about 130 yearly shows at its home base of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, the PO holds annual concerts at Carnegie Hall and tours all over the world. They’ve also helped score a number of films, provided performance and competition opportunities for young artists, and, perhaps most important of all, ignited a love of music in thousands of imaginations.

New Jersey Performing Arts Center

New Jersey Performing Arts Center stands firm as a bastion of live entertainment, opening the doors to its two distinct venues for a wide array of productions. Inside Prudential Hall, 2,700 seats fill the multitiered auditorium where ballets, symphony orchestras, and Broadway shows flourish beneath radiant lights and a domed ceiling. Victoria Theater, meanwhile, beckons visitors to its more intimate 500-seat confines for jazz concerts and contemporary dance performances.


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